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Fly Over

9 Feb

When I was out with the goats, we had a fly over.

We must have been interesting because s/he came back for another look. (Edit:  I’m excited because I finally realized this is a juvenile bald eagle!)

A couple of days earlier, we had a landing in pasture.  Sorry for the horrible pictures, but they were taken from the window in the house because of the crazy cold, wind and blowing snow.

I felt bad for the poor pheasant.  Nobody should have been out in that horrible weather.

Sadly, it looks like we’re going to have a lot more snow and cold this coming week.  That means the wild birds are enjoying Sky’s dog food.

nuthatch

I really miss putting feeders out, but the dog thinks of them as bait for the birds.  I’m afraid that’s something he’ll never outgrow.

I was going to try to put them up outside the fence, but it ended up freezing before I got that far.  Sorry birds.  Hopefully next year.

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More Snow

26 Jan

Well, it’s another Saturday with another round of snow.

blue jay

We’re supposed to have more snow or rain turning to ice as soon as it hits the ground tomorrow night.  Then the dangerous cold is supposed to show up.

That means we could have more late starts and cancellations at school (which would make my dog happy), but it also means I’m going to have a hard time trying to take any pictures for the blog.  Yeah, I’ll probably be crazy enough to venture out with the camera if it stops snowing.

Trying to Be Nice

16 Dec

When I put the corn stalk bedding in the birds’ pen, I thought I’d be nice.

My old red hen is really quite old (5 or 7 years), and she spent all last winter huddled in the brooder pen.  That’s where she spent most of November too, so I thought I’d put some bedding in there for her.

old red hen

She didn’t like it.  She went back to roosting on a board, but everyone seems to think it’s the perfect spot to lay their eggs now. Oh well.  At least I know where they are laying them.

The nice weather is also perfect for my old phoenix hen to come out and take a dust bath.  She’s starting to show her age too, but she still goes up in the rafters to roost with her big Nugget.

I am also trying to be nice and give the geese a clean pool of water, but the pool was still frozen to the ground.

Do not think those chickens have to drink from that gross pool.

Nugget and hen

They have clean water inside.  Finally, the ground thawed enough that I could dump the pool.  The geese were happy to get to take a bath.

Although the clean water didn’t stay clean for very long.  And while we’re in the bird pen,

I will share that the peacocks are busy growing their tales out again.  This is the same peacock.  I can’t tell you if it is dad or son.  Maybe when their tales are grown out I’ll be able to tell them apart for one last year.

It amazes me that they can lose their tale and grow completely new ones in time for spring.